REI: Sustainability Strategy and Innovation in the Outdoor Gear and Apparel Industry

Darden Business Publishing Cases

ISSN: 2474-7890

Publication date: 20 January 2017


Many companies view financial variables independently from ecological and social variables. Is it possible to hold one's organization equally accountable for financial performance and social responsibility? This field-based case is suitable for MBA and undergraduate courses or modules in sustainability and innovation, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. For REI, an outdoor gear and apparel manufacturer, the challenge lies in how to expand sustainability awareness through consensus building across the organization and with outside collaborators. As it designs a new strategic framework for the operations footprint, the company seeks to adopt a corporate strategy on product stewardship and adapt its philanthropy strategy around sustainability objectives.



Larson, A. and Meier, M. (2017), "REI: Sustainability Strategy and Innovation in the Outdoor Gear and Apparel Industry", Darden Business Publishing Cases.

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